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    Neil Martin

    The baggy green cap, worn by Australian cricketing legend Glan McGrath in the picture on the right, is an example of something that gives a team its distinctiveness. Only Australian cricketers who play a test match ever receive a baggy green cap and it is worn with pride.

    Many cricketers never replace their cap and can be quite battered towards the end of a career. A dubutant is given their cap before the start of play by an experienced former player with the whole team around to congratulate as you can see in the video linked below.

    Can you think of other examples of team distinctiveness? It could be an item of uniform, a team song or pre-game ritual, or something else. Perhaps you have been part of a team that has something distintive that the team all identify with. Please share below.


    When I read the word “song” the first song that popped into my mind was You’ll Never Walk Alone song by Liverpool FC fans.
    I know a lot of teams usually have some kind of shield or place with maybe just one word like “Pride” and they tap the shield before going on to the field.
    The great football goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel usually always kicked both uprights in his goal before the start of the game.

    A more iconic uniform is the “Green Jacket” worn by the winner of the Masters Tournament in golf.

    Ong Chuan Leong

    In general, for soccer, teams create their own distinctiveness by means of:

    – Club badges
    – Jersey colours and design
    – Songs and chants
    – Specific playing styles (e.g. Liverpool’s ‘passing game’ in the 1990s, Barcelona’s ‘tiki-taka’, Borussia Dortmund’s ‘gegenpressing’ under former head coach Jurgen Klopp)
    – Special traditions and rituals

    Some teams also feature players from certain parts of the world only. For example, Athletic Bilbao of Spanish La Liga used to recruit only players of Basque origin. They have since expanded that to include players from families who have migrated or moved to the Basque region.


    In High School sports (American style program) we use ‘letters’ and’pins’, MVP and MIP, athlete of the year, … all to recognize performance (athletic, academic, behavior,…).


    our team is distinctive as it follows rituals that has been going on in the team for decades and has not be broken since. like praying together before the game, huddling, cheering “full-heartedly” before our swimmers’ events and after too. and also, we cheer for the other teams’ swimmers too. 🙂

    Vincent Yeo

    Uniforms, mascots, slogans, team song are all examples of team distinctiveness commonly used.


    Uniforms, mascots, slogans, team song are all examples of team distinctiveness commonly used.


    For me since im just playing at school levels, its just team jerseys and varsity jacket.

    But for club stage, I remembered we prayed together before the game and it felt good entering the field after that. No pressure no goosebumps.


    Uniforms, mascots, slogans, team song are all examples of team distinctiveness commonly used.

    Chen HAO

    In general, for taekwondo teams create their own distinctiveness by means of:

    – Club badges
    – Jersey color and design
    – team Songs and slogan
    – Special traditions and rituals
    – Special color Belt


    Shirts, slogans, mascots are unique examples of team

    Frank J.H. Lu

    In Taiwan, rugby is a symbol of muscular sport which is introduced by Japanese during its colonization from 1895 to 1945. After Japanese left, the spirit of rugby is still popular in Taiwan. Especially, a very famous high school named Chin-Kuo Municipal High School of Taipei has rugby team wearing black suits for competition and training. They has been called “black army.” The team members of black army entered universities around Taiwan and other places in the world. Many of them now become the elite class of the society of Taiwan. Each time when they go together, they recall those harsh moments of rugby, and believe the spirit of rugby make them as tough as steel in their future lives. Wearing a black suits for rugby and engaging rugby sport in their young age become a pride part of these elite people in Taiwan.


    The Olympic symbol consists of five interlaced rings of equal dimensions, used alone, in one or in five different colours, which are, from left to right, blue, yellow, black, green and red. The Olympic symbol (the Olympic rings) expresses the activity of the Olympic Movement and represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.

    Also, The Olympic flag too … has a white background, with five interlaced rings in the centre: blue, yellow, black, green and red … This design is symbolic ; it represents the five inhabited continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colors are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time.

    Frank Muller

    A couple of years ago every member of my basketball team “designed” a basketball sneaker (designing here means chose an individual colourway for a basketball sneaker that actually existed. You can do this on the websites of the different big sport brands). The team chose a winner and for the important part of the season the entire team wore the same shoe with the colourway that had won our “designing” competition.


    There is a collegiate school here in the United States where a tradition is to remain silent until their home team scores it 10th point and the gym will erupt with excited energy carrying over to the players I would imagine.

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